Following a loss to Namibia in the early stages of the qualification rounds, the Lankans rolled up their sleeves and have now secured a spot in the T20 World Cup Super 12.
After an atypical start to their campaign, the Asia Cup champions and 2014 T20 World Cup victors have landed a spot in the Super 12. Following the Asia Cup exploits, a critically wounded team looks to make a point in the World Cup.
A position in the Super 12 was secured with a nail-biting victory over the Netherlands earlier today. The associates who fought hard were greeted with some fantastic fielding and a Kusal Mendis brilliance.
The Lankans were expected to be sent home after losing their opening game of the tournament against Namibia. They battled their way back into contention by relying on a pool of young talent at the top of the batting order marshaled by a skilled and experienced skipper and lastly topped by a duo of an enigma.
It’s fair to say they had a terrifying opening 59 overs in Australia, as leg spinner Meiyappan was on a wildfire in the first innings against UAE.
They were reduced to 152 after what appeared to be a saunter turned out to be a hard-fought total with Meiyappan clinching a hat trick. They were reduced to 152 in total. The bowlers gained the upper hand and outshot the opposition to 73 runs.
They got one back and completed their comeback in a game against the Netherlands that was seldom without drama.
Can the Lankans spring yet another surprise in an ICC event?
Their track record implies the same since they have historically thrived when no one expected them to. They are a team that should never be discounted.
It would be difficult given the number of injuries they have and the experience they would be missing in the form of Dushamantha Chameera and Gunathilaka.
Shanaka struggled during the qualifying stages, and his form would be critical if they were to go the distance.
The group they join will determine a range of factors. The calculators are going for a toss.